Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sugar Free Food Choices

Yeah, they look just like Lara Bars! :)

One of my concerns at the start of the 10 Day Sugar Free Challenge was what I will use to fuel my body while I’m living the life as a nomad, on the road between gyms for classes everyday. The past few days, in the essence of time, I’ve been living on hard boiled eggs and cold oatmeal. And that’s fine, but I was looking for some bars to fill the void left by the sports bars I normally rely on. Well, yesterday, I happened upon the Crazy Healthy Granola Bars by Alex at Spoonful of Sugar Free. So, last night, I whipped up a version of her Reese’s cup version. Of course, I ate one (well, maybe one and a half) while cooking them and they were great. I’ve already eaten one this morning before my early morning Spin class! I don’t know why I hadn’t tried this sooner! 

For breakfast this morning, I wanted something new as well, so I whipped up an easy batch of Quinoa Cottage Cheese Pancakes. Easy and delicious!
No, those aren't choco chips.
 It's spinach;
leftover from multitasking. ;) 
1/2 c. Quinoa Flakes (gluten free and a good source of protein! yay!)
1/2 c. cottage cheese
4 egg whites or the equivalent of Egg Beaters Whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
Blend all of these ingredients in a blender and then cook just as you would any pancake. Serve with your choice of toppings (fresh fruit, pumpkin puree, agave nectar, etc.)
Modifications (add any of these items to the mix before cooking):
Gingerbread: pinches of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves (this is what I had this morning, with pumpkin puree on top ~ Yum!)
Fruit: blueberries, strawberries, diced apple (fold in the fruit after blending)
Apple Nut: diced apple and 1 T almond butter (blend in the almond butter and then fold in the apples)

Nutrition Facts (of the basic recipe before add ons)
Serving Size: 2 pancakes
Calories 183
Calories from Fat 27.0
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 7.5mg
Sodium 310mg
Total Carbohydrate 27g
Dietary Fiber 0.5g
Sugars 3.5g
Protein 14g


  1. I'm making those granola bars! I'm a huge granola bar fan because they are easy, healthy, and portable.

  2. So glad the granola bars worked out well for you!!! Thanks for making them! :D

  3. Alex~They are awesome. I can't wait to try a new flavor; but I'm working my way through this batch first! :) thanks for all the great ideas! ~Samara

    Bec~ let us know which you try and how they turn out!